(English information below)
Qui peut fréquenter une école de langue française ?
L'article 23 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés oblige les gouvernements des provinces et des territoires à assurer l'instruction des Canadiens et Canadiennes dans la langue officielle de leur choix, et ce, même dans les régions où seulement une minorité de personnes parlent cette langue.
Au Nouveau-Brunswick où l'anglais est la langue officielle de la majorité, les citoyens canadiens ont le droit de faire instruire leurs enfants en français si l'une des trois situations suivantes s'applique à eux :
• Si la première langue apprise et encore comprise est le français; ou
• S’ils ont reçu une éducation au niveau primaire en français au Canada; ou
• Si un des enfants des parents a reçu son éducation au niveau primaire ou secondaire en français au Canada.
Le droit à l'instruction dans la langue de la minorité s'exerce là où le nombre d'enfants admissibles est suffisant. Lorsque le nombre d'enfants est suffisant, les gouvernements doivent fournir l'instruction dans la langue de la minorité.
Si vous n’êtes pas un ayant droit, il vous est tout de même possible de faire une demande d’admission à une école de langue française pour votre enfant. La Loi sur l’Éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick stipule qu’un enfant ayant une compétence linguistique suffisante en français peut être admis à l’école de cette langue.
Enfin, si un enfant ne parle ni le français ou l’anglais, il est possible de l’inscrire à l’école francophone. Les écoles de langue française encouragent les familles nouvellement arrivées au Nouveau-Brunswick à leur soumettre des demandes.
Pour toute autre question, veuillez communiquer avec madame Tanya Doucet, adjointe à la direction générale (Tanya.Doucet@nbed.nb.ca).
At the District scolaire francophone Sud, we believe parents are their child’s first educators. As such, working closely with your neighbourhood school to enable learning and growth in French, brings your child closer to success! Schools within the District scolaire francophone Sud welcome students of Charter rights-holders from across Canada. We are privileged to provide a diverse environment with a window open to the world by including students from many countries around the world.
Who can attend a Francophone school in New Brunswick?
Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms requires provincial and territorial governments to provide education to Canadians in the official language of their choice, even in areas where a minority of residents speaks that language.
In New-Brunswick where the official language of the majority is English, Canadian citizens have the right to have their children educated in French if one of these three situations applies:
• their first language learned and still understood is French; or
• they received their own primary education in Canada in French; or
• they have a child who has received or is receiving his or her primary or secondary education in French in Canada.
The right to receive an education in a minority language applies only when there is a sufficient number of children to justify schooling in that language. Where those numbers exist, governments must provide instruction in the minority language.
If you are not a right holder, you can still apply to send your child to a French-language school. The New-Brunswick Education Act states that a child with enough French language skills may be admitted to a school in that language.
Also, if a child speaks neither French nor English, he or she may be enrolled in a French school. French-language schools encourage applications from families that are new to New-Brunswick.
For more information: Tanya.Doucet@nbed.nb.ca
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We are rights-holders to French Education or our child was admitted to a French school based on his or her language competency. However, we would prefer to receive written communications in English. Is it possible?
All educational and administrative operations within the District scolaire francophone Sud are conducted in French. As such, written communications from the school district, and its schools, are drafted in French.
As per the Education Act, school districts in New Brunswick only have the obligation to communicate and provide services in the language they teach. At District scolaire francophone Sud, French is not only the language we promote, it is the language we speak and conduct our daily business. Moreover, we do not only teach French to your children, we also bring them to find their place in the Francophone community and actively contribute to it. Choosing to enroll your child in our system is a serious engagement and should come with the desire to be part of this community.
Is it possible to have discussions with staff in a language other than French?
French is the preferred language of communication between staff and parents. However, staff is allowed flexibility in their interpersonal interactions with parents who do not speak French. It is important to provide a warm welcome and effective support to all students and parents who walk through the doors of the schools in our jurisdiction. We certainly wish to establish positive communication for all issues related to your child’s learning, well-being and safety. If a staff member is uncomfortable communicating in a language other than French, they can ask for help from a colleague to facilitate communication.
How can I best help my child prepare for French school?
By choosing a French and Acadian school, you are taking a concrete step in support of learning the French language. There are many ways to support and assist your child before he or she starts kindergarten. We encourage you to attend French activities organised in your area. Children learn better when their learning is valued by their parents. Children who are proud to speak French will be more successful in all school subjects.
We invite you to discuss with the staff at your child’s school which French language services are available in your area and the various ways to learn by getting involved with the French community close to you.
For more information: Tanya.Doucet@nbed.nb.ca